[OSGeo-Standards] [OSGeo-Discuss] "Geoservices REST API" story is being discussed on slashdot

xavier lhomme lhomme.xavier at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 01:51:01 PDT 2013

I do not really understand why this sling came from OSGeo. Indeed, OSGeo
includes many talents who have expressed their arguments. But among these
good arguments, came to add a political position with the main argument,
the ESRI dominant position against other industrial players. I wondered if
some members have not expressed through OSGeo to defend their own business,
or as we saw later to take more power to the OGC.

If MapServer and GeoServer implement the GeoRest Services (with possibly a
GeoJSON output too), many companies would have benefited. Today MapServer
and GeoServer implements their own REST API and OSM already has already
one. The OGC stays with their own Web Services specification  not really
used  (unless  WMS) , difficult to understand and with implementations not
always complete. Finally, I am afraid that everyone loses, the OGC who are
losing influence, an increase of protocols, a decrease of system
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